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Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the for…

The Southern African Regional Clothing and Textile Industry: Case Studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe

"In the regional context, the SADC Trade and Investment Protocol - that is intended to further liberalise intra-regional trade in Southern Africa - has set in motion a wave of new opportunities and threats for clothing and textile firms in the regio…

Textiles and Clothing in SADC: Key Issues and Policy Perspectives

"Industrial sectors across the SADC region differ from one another in terms of size, structure and competitiveness. The shifting of market boundaries and the improvement of market access is going to have a significant impact on the size, structure …

Policy for Industrial Development: A Case Study of the Clothing Industry in Mauritius

"A major cause of the economic success enjoyed by Mauritius was the rapid growth of the clothing industry. This policy brief presents the key industrial policies responsible for developing the clothing industry. The brief also highlights the challen…

Nyet and the Nomenklatura South Africa and shipbuilding in Ukraine: Appraising economic, political and military reforms

"This report provides a historical and contemporary overview of the Ukrainian military and its shipbuilding industry, the business environment, and South African and continental relations with Ukraine, and assesses the potential for expanded ties."

Growth, Employment and Economic Policy in South Africa: A Critical Review

"The paper starts with an overview of South Africa's job crisis. It then moves on to consider whether the country's economic policies are conducive to labour-demanding growth. In so doing, it examines trade policies, labour market policies and macro…

The Impact of China and India on Africa: Trade, FDI and the African Manufacturing Sector Issues and Challenges

"In this paper an attempt to examine the impact of the Asian drivers on the manufacturing sectors of African economies are made. An examination of the existing literature and empirical regularity suggest looking into the following issues which might…

The Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: The Case of Kenya

"The increase in China’s economic and political involvement in Africa is arguably the most momentous development on the continent today. One of the more contentious issues surrounding Sino-African relations involves trade. Although Africa and China …

Total Factor Productivity in Kenya: The Links with Trade Policy

"Recent experience, particularly for East Asian countries, has highlighted the potential for achieving rapid and renewed growth in sub-Saharan Africa through appropriate trade policy orientation. In Kenya, however, where the last three decades have …

Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: An In-depth Analysis of the Case of Ghana

"The study looks at the impact of Chinese FDI on the Ghanaian economy. Ghana has recently been receiving increasing amounts of FDI from several countries, including China and it is important to know how this is affecting the nation’s economy. The s…

Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: Case Study of Ethiopia

"In this study Chinese investment in Ethiopia is investigated. The impact of trade, aid and related relations between the two countries are investigated in terms of its effect on Chinese investment in Ethiopia. In the last five years it was found th…

Impacts of Investment Relations between China and Madagascar

"This study aims at conducting a comprehensive analysis of the main systems and models of the past, present and future development of economic partnerships, based on foreign direct investments, between China and Sub-Saharan African Countries, with p…

An Assessment of the Impact of China’s Investments in Sudan

"The study examines the impact of China’s investments in Sudan in terms of its positive and likely negative effects; data drawn from secondary and primary sources is used for the purpose. Tabular analysis and graphs are used to review the scale of o…

Efficiency Wage, Rent-Sharing Theories and Wage Determination in the Manufacturing Sector in Nigeria

"The Nigerian labour market, like other sectors of the economy, witnessed dramatic changes following the introduction of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) in mid 1986. The labour market has a central role to play in the attainment of SAP o…

Releasing Export Constraints: The Role of Governments

"This paper discusses the economic rationale for government interventions to support export development and, in the light of this rationale,examines the interventions needed to address the key factors responsible for restraining export supply respon…

The African Growth and Opportunity Act : A Preliminary Analysis of the Possible Opportunities and Limitations to Botswana Exporters

"The paper identifies products that have received substantial trade concessions as a result of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which would otherwise carry a tariff rate of 15% or more when exported to the USA. It explores Botswana's ex…

Performance and Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises in Botswana

"Small and Medium Enterprises play a crucial role in achieving the industrial and economic development objectives of an economy. SME's play an important role in employment creation, especially for the unskilled and semi skilled. They also possess th…

China in Kenya: Addressing Counterfeit Goods and Construction Sector Imbalances

"China has become a key player in trade, investment and development co-operation in Kenya. Although mainly in the construction and manufacturing sectors, Chinese investments in Kenya have attracted praise and condemnation in equal proportion from v…

Export Diversification and Infrastructure: The cost of Utilities for Business

"This policy brief focuses on the role of infrastructure and, in particular, the cost of utilities and their impact on export growth and diversification. Infrastructure services such as telecommunications, power and water are backbone services in th…

The Growth of Micro and Small, Cluster Based Furniture Manufacturing Firms and their Implications for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania

"The overall objective of this study is to explore the growth of micro and small furniture-manufacturing firms in the industrial clusters and to analyse the implications that this growth has for poverty reduction among firm owners and workers. The …

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